On April 4, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a suspension of imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe during calendar year 2014. Although initially covering the entire year for both countries, the Service has revised the suspension to allow the import of legally taken elephant trophies from Zimbabwe if the importer can demonstrate that it was taken prior to the date of the finding leading to the suspension, which is April 4, 2014. Zimbabwe allows hunting year-round, so some hunters had actually hunted an elephant in that country in 2014
before the Service announced the suspension. Tanzania’s hunting season does not begin until July 1st. Read the press release and Q&As to learn more about this decision. 


UPDATE as of 4/21/14: We have received a number of requests for additional information on the science and rationale that support these decisions. To address these requests, we have posted the required ESA and CITES findings to our website. Please click the links below to access a pdf version of these findings.

Click here to access the Federal Register notice published on May 12, 2014.

Sport-Hunted Trophies

The following application forms make reference to species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

CITES regulates the international trade of roughly 5,000 species of animals and 29,000 species of plants. To determine if a species is listed under CITES, you can search by scientific name or common name on the CITES Species Database.

To determine if a species is listed under the Endangered Species Act, please visit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's (Service) Endangered Species program website.

If you are unsure whether the animal species that you are importing, exporting, or re-exporting is listed under CITES and/or the ESA, please contact the Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits.


Import of Sport Hunted-Trophies

If you are requesting to import trophies for your own personal use that consist of raw or tanned parts of species listed in Appendix I of CITES and/or listed under the ESA, you should complete application form 3-200-20.pdf

Some species listed under CITES Appendix I and/or the ESA have very specific requirements and require a different application form. If you are requesting to import any of the following species, please complete the application form indicated below:

Southern African Leopard, African Elephant, and Namibian Southern White Rhinoceros

If you are requesting to import trophies for your own personal use, including the raw or tanned parts of a Southern African Leopard, African Elephant, or Namibian Southern White Rhinoceros, you should complete application form 3-200-19.

For additional information on how to import a sport-hunted Southern African Leopard or African Elephant trophy, please read our factsheet.

Bontebok from South Africa

South Africa has an established management program that allows for controlled hunts of male bontebok from registered captive herds. If you are requesting to import bontebok trophies for your own personal use from South Africa, you should complete application form 3-200-22.

For additional information on how to import a sport-hunted bontebok trophy from South Africa, please read our factsheet.

Argali from Mongolia, the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan), and the Republic of Tadzhikistan

If you are requesting to import argali trophies for your own personal use from Mongolia, the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) and the Republic of Tadzhikistan, you should complete application form 3-200-21.

If you are requesting the import of an argali trophy from any other country, you should complete application form 3-200-20.

Export of Sport Hunted-Trophies

If you are requesting to export trophies for your own personal use that consist of raw or tanned parts of species listed in Appendix I, II, or III of CITES and/or listed under the ESA, you should complete application form 3-200-28.

For general information on CITES permit requirements, click here pdf.